CD Reviews

5 Takeaways From U2's 'Songs Of Innocence'

October 20th, 2014 7:30pm EDT
U2 - Songs of Innocence
Anytime a certain Dublin band named U2 releases a new album, well, it’s “kind of a big deal.” The release of Songs of Innocence, the band’s first new album in five years, is a big deal, but not necessarily in the same way as previous efforts from the collective. It could be argued Bono and company have even had some missteps along the way, which has hindered their latest LP. After listening and analyzing the release process of Songs of Innocence, here are five takeaways.

1) Imposing a free album on everyone is probably a BAD idea…

Most people like free things, particularly if there w...
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For Country Duo Florida Georgia Line, 'Anything Goes'

October 16th, 2014 4:30pm EDT
Florida Georgia Line
"Alabama on the boom box baby / 'bout to get a little boondock crazy!" Say what? Florida Georgia Line broke through in a big way with a single entitled “Cruise” - understatement! “Cruise” would propel FGL’s 2012 debut album, Here’s To The Good Times to double-platinum status. The dudes from Florida and Georgia respectively – Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard – seek to have a similar impact on their sophomore album, Anything Goes.

The album kicks off with the enthusiastic "Anything Goes." The title track sets the tone, with FGL encouraging the party. Even though the opener is a carefree...
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Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'

October 13th, 2014 2:16pm EDT
Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'
After a four-year hiatus (say it ain’t so!), alternative pop/rock band Weezer return with their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Calling Everything a ‘return to form’ in the purest sense is overreaching slightly, but the album does feel more Weezer-like than the band’s previous two albums. It’s not perfect, but there are some absolutely terrific moments from Rivers Cuomo and company.

“Ain’t Got Nobody” is predictable thematically, as the title suggests. It leaves little to the imagination – particularly initiating the album – but Cuomo and company is rock soli...
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Jason Aldean Keeps It Country on ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’

October 9th, 2014 1:35pm EDT
Jason Aldean
“Ain’t had a drink and I’m torn up / ain’t even had a taste of your love… we’re just getting warmed up.” Anyone who’s partaken of country music as of late can’t deny the ‘bro-ness’ of the style, definitely led by the likes of Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Jason Aldean is oft considered a member of this movement, despite despising the phrase.

Regardless whether Aldean dislikes labeling or the fact his music is dominated by love, alcohol, and his “truck,” the artist’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt is ultimately a sound and enjoyable affair.

“Just Gettin’ Started” proves to...
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Blake Shelton Wins Race To The Top of The Billboard 200

October 9th, 2014 11:13am EDT
Blake Shelton
When the Billboard issue their chart prognostications last week, it was suggested that Blake Shelton had a solid shot at his second career #1 album. That said, that forecast would become cloudy thanks to one Barbra Streisand, who was projected to be competitive in the race for the top spot once again. Fellow country artists Lady Antebellum were considered to be likely third place. Things didn’t complete go as expected.

Blake Shelton indeed topped the Billboard 200, selling a more robust than expected 101,000 copies of Bringing Back The Sunshine. While prognostications had allotted 90...
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Irish Singer/Songwriter Hozier Allures on Self-Titled Debut

October 8th, 2014 1:30pm EDT
Hozier
The art of the singer/songwriter is not dead. Being a singer/songwriter isn’t necessarily the most commercially lucrative musical style currently, but in the age where ‘records’ dominate and the ‘song’ doesn’t, having singer/songwriters on the scene is big. Hozier is a terrific singer/songwriter with ample potential. This Irish musician is the real deal. The evidence, ‘exhibit A’ is his stellar debut album, Hozier.

“Take Me To Church” brilliantly initiates Hozier – there’s little else to say about the breakout single. One of the more brilliantly, deceptively penned songs of modern ...
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Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL Rock Out On 'PLECTRUMELECTRUM'

October 6th, 2014 2:25pm EDT
Plectrumelectrum
One of the best parts of September 30, 2014 was the fact that The Purple One, aka Prince returned. Not only did he bestow upon the music world a highly anticipated solo album in Art Official Age, but he also delivered a second set with 3RDEYEGIRL entitled PLECTRUMELECTRUM (say what?). While PLECTRUMELECTRUM is the less buzzed about set of the two, don’t let it discourage you – there’s plenty to dig about PLECTRUMELECTRUM besides its daring title!

“Wow” opens PLECTRUMELECTRUM sensationally. Rather than being set in common time, “Wow” is in six-eight meter, giving it something of a blues...
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Tony Lucca's New Album Is On The Way: Check Out Our Early Review!

October 6th, 2014 12:15pm EDT
Tony Lucca
There is no such thing as a bad Tony Lucca record.

As we enjoy the latest season of The Voice, it's worth remembering that the show introduced us to some tremendous unheralded performers, one of the best being Lucca. His two most recent EPs, With the Whole World Watching and Drawing Board, hinted at musical growth and versatility from the Detroit native, but the question was always when would we get to hear a full album?

The answer is January, and we're telling you now so that you can mark your calendars. We had the opportunity for an early listen to his upcoming record, simply titled To...
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Prince Is At His Eccentric Best On 'Art Official Age'

October 1st, 2014 7:04am EDT
Prince Is At His Eccentric Best On 'Art Official Age'
Calling Prince ‘orthodox’ or ‘traditional’ would be nothing short of an insult; a big-time middle finger. Throughout his lengthy, innovative career, Prince has always pushed the boundaries, fusing rock, pop, and R&B (among other genres). Additionally, Prince’s promotional strategies have been as unique as his style and albums. Once more affiliated with Warner Bros, Prince drops not just one album, but two – Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM with 3rdeyegirl.

Despite issuing two albums, Prince’s solo album, Art Official Age, earns the most buzz. Over its course, Art Official Age is d...
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Review: Lenny Kravitz Is On Autopilot On 'Strut'

September 29th, 2014 3:45pm EDT
Review: Lenny Kravitz Is On Autopilot On 'Strut'
At 50, Lenny Kravitz has been around for a minute – a ‘lengthy’ minute to be exact. Even though Kravitz’s heyday has passed, age truly “ain’t nothing but a number” on his exhilarating new album, Strut. Arriving three-years after sensation LP Black and White America, Kravitz’s consistency and energy are nothing short of magnificent.

Strut opens ferociously with standout single “Sex,” which is an incredibly funky, attention-getting record. “Got that feelin’ coming over me / sex, sex, sex,” Kravitz sings enthusiastically on the catchy, rocking chorus.

Kravitz remains on autopilot o...
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